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BRIAN DARCY SAYS FATHER RAY KELLY IS “BRAVE”.

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FERMANAGH born priest, Fr Brian D’Arcy has spoken out in defence of a dancing priest after he was heavily criticised for appearing on the 
RTE hit TV entertainment programme, ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

During his time staring on the show Fr Kelly has received abusive messages, some calling for him to quit the show.

One message received asked the priest to ‘give up dancing for lent’.

Callers to ‘Liveline’ criticised the priest with one man remarking, “Jesus Christ never went out dancing for women or anything like there’s no reason why a priest should do it either.”

Fr Brian D’Arcy jumped to the defence of Fr Kelly describing him as a “dedicated priest”.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Fr Brian said, “His priestly life comes first. He uses all his talents as a good human, bringing joy wherever he goes. He is a brave man to put himself out there in ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

He’s in the market place, as we priests are supposed to be. He doesn’t wrap himself up in cotton wool behind presbytery walls.”

Sixty-six year old Fr Ray Kelly will be familiar to many here following his TV debut where viewers watched the cleric’s fancy footwork as he stepped out on the dance floor with professional dance partner, Kylee Vincent.

Speaking to RTE about comments from a section of the general public Fr Kelly said, “I have been a priest for 31 years and I have never experienced that level of criticism that I have received during this programme.”

Gardai have been alerted to incident related to the priest. Despite requesting to quit the show, Fr Kelly, on the advice of production has stayed on. Although his time on the show began a little shaky, after receiving only one point from judge Brian Redmond the first week the Meath priest has managed to hit up to 15 points in recent weeks.

LISTEN TO RAY KELLY SUPPORTERS AND CRITICS ON RTE LIVELINE.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21715664

PAT SAYS

Kelly’s appearance on Dancing with Stars is certainly causing controversy.

Ireland, understandably, is very anti clerical now. The sight of any priest doing anything will cause comment.

Blind faith Catholics (Cathbots) who are a dying breed, are still priest worshippers and go all weak at the knees when they see a 66 year old priest, with sciatica, trying to dance. Ray makes all these feel warm and fuzzy.

LSome Irish people dont give a dam one way or the other.

Others of us cringe at the likes of Darcy and Kelly seeking attention.

I spoke to a priest who trained with Ray who said: “Back then, Ray would only be 5 minutes in a room when he would ask: “Would you like me to sing for you?””

I think a lot of people vote for Ray so they can have a good laugh at his expense

Dancing is not brave.

Criticising the hierarchy public is brave!

Working with lepers of any kind is brave!

Going against the flow in society is church is brave !

Ray is a 66 year old comfortably off and privileged parish priest seeking attention

He must have been taken off the breast too soon?

Entertaining and singing priests promoting themselves on the media comes with a health warning.

Remember Eamon Casey, the womaniser and son denier, Michael Cleary the arch hypocrite who preached no sex before marriage who fathered at least two children, and Tony Walsh, the singing paedophile priest.

119 replies on “BRIAN DARCY SAYS FATHER RAY KELLY IS “BRAVE”.”

Poor, ole Brian D’Arsehole. 😢
He had to defend Ray Kelly, because, had he not, he should, implicitly, have condemned his own, decades-long ego-tripping to the stars…for his own, personal celebrity. 🎉
And boy! Did Brian ever seek the stars?!😅

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As far as I know, in mainland UK we don’t have many prominent or self-promoting clerics like Ireland.
I guess KOB was the last one, but we all know how he ended up; shamed and disgraced and exiled to England for the rest of his life.
However, we do have the COE vicar, Richard Coles, who was a talented former multi-instrumentalist in the 1980s band The Communards.
He has also appeared on numerous television programmes, including Strictly, Come Dancing (eliminated 2nd week though) and, more recently, captained Leeds University on Christmas University Challenged.

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Ray Kelly is a self seeking, delusional fool. If he is a priest then let him concentrate on preaching Christs message and living Christs message. Dancing about or singing on BGT does not enhance the gospel one bit, he and no one else has set himself up for ridicule. This wouldn’t happen in any other country. Delusional

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Leave Richard Coles alone. He lost his partner before Christmas and is a great Vicar in Finedon in Northamptonshire. The difference here is that Richard is talented as opposed to this embarrassing attention seeker Kelly. You are also obbssessed with KOB as you keep slipping him into every comment you make. Did Keith pass you over by any chance for a more good looking cleric?

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Coles isn’t an oil painting by any stretch of the imagination. He’s the Rev Roger Royal de nous jours. The BBC always has a friendly camp gay vicar in its dressing up cupboard.

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Exactly. Time was when a priest on the BBC meant Father Copleston SJ arguing the existence of God with Bertrand Russell or AJ Ayer. Now we have this prancing queen.

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Where did Richard Coles late partner come into it? I didn’t even know he had one. I thought he was single and celibate like Sugar-Ray.

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Re 11:27 am “celibate but not single” probably describes most people’s marriages after a few years whether heterosexual or homosexual. It is ridiculous that gay C of E clergy have to swear to this as a necessary condition of virtue. I suppose Richard Coles is a very nice man, but given he has many strings to his bow – and I am fine with that – why does he need to promote himself as the “Rev” and be presented even when writing a column say in the New Statesman in a full buttoned cassock? My own view is that he and the likes of Father Ray Kelly use their clerical status as part of their stage act. For myself, I find them embarrassing and nauseating, though clearly there are far worse reasons why a priest should find himself on TV.

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Richard Coles was on instruments in The Communards, they were the best! Jimmy Somerville, Countertenor/falsetto 😳 👌

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12.37: What is it about You, Mad Mag and Tabloid Pat that you both have contempt for so many people? The psychology/pathology of your mindset suggests people envious and jealous of other people’s successes, public acclaim and gifts. You are as usual drink sodden and spiralling to a spiritual death, if not there already. Your mentor, Tabloid Pat is there. Any person who claims to follow Christ yet pours out this CACA against others are no heroes or heroines. Doesn’t take courage, only a vengeful heart. Dear, dear God, isn’t hatred a nasty, nasty, ugly seed that sprouts weeds of venom, poison and evil against so many? You are immoral and superlatively alive with faux, self serving outrage. And all because the ladies (Mag and Pat) hate priests.

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9.53
Doncha just love it when the resident morons on this blog, like LJ, accuse others of hatred when their own posts are clearly hate-filled?
(Just laughin’ a’ cha, like. 😅)

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Here we go again: “resident morons” from Magna! As one of those “morons” I have just given a measured response to Magna’s “informed” dismissal of me on yesterday’ blog. It won’t cause him to pause one moment in his tracks of course, but just a reminder, that, no matter how Pat indulges his pet charity case, this blog is not – despite all appearances to the contrary – the Magna Carta show.

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12.54

You’re smarting, aren’t you? From that dismissal? And this is your chance to gert even, isn’t it? Hmm?😕

Well, you’ve blown it. 😆

I mean bad enough being one of those morons, but behaving childishly as well.

Tch! Yer doin’ too much penance this lent. 😎

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You would only make sense, Magna at 1:01 pm, if you were addressing yourself in the looking-glass. Actually, the looking-glass is the only world you inhabit, trapped in an alternative reality constructed from your own deluded ego. This is the state of non-being, i.e. out of touch with reality, which Catholics traditionally have described as hell. The only way out is conversion, what Evelyn Waugh once memorably described as like falling forwards through the looking-glass into the real world. Do you think you are up to that, or doomed to inhabit a partial shadow world, which is all about YOU? Poor man.

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You would think that if you were the only one there, Lord of your own alternative universe with no one to challenge your assumed superiority. But there is the catch: no one to lord over, no one to feel superior to. The pain of hell is the pain of loss, the remorse of unfulfilled desire. Was that Aquinas? I’ll safely leave the fact check to you, but this time, don’t forget the context.

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4.05
No; I think that was you.
But it could be Aquinas, given the inherent self-contradiction implied by those words. They suggest that repentance in Hell is possible: the pain of loss (of God); remorse over unfulfilled desire. It is the sort of speculative garbage Aquinas could come out with.

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It is an interesting point, developed by Dante, who was influenced by Aquinas. If someone feels regret in Hell, is this not an expression of repentance come too late? In Dante’s Inferno, Satan himself weeps. Not even Aquinas is safe from Magna’s put downs. Don’t take things too literally, Magna. The Divine Comedy can be read as psychological drama in a context that is both historically located yet timeless and universal. You appear to have difficulty in understanding context, so feel the need to lash out in helpless rage. You might recognize yourself somewhere in that great work.

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8.29

The context was Aquinas’ possible words, not Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’.

And, on the contrary, I do understand context very well indeed; your problem is acknowledging the correct context. You do have a penchant for losing track in debate, don’t you? 😕

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I used the Divine Comedy to provide a context for the notion, whether attributable to Aquinas or not, that regret is a possible state of mind in Hell. I naively thought that this might be an aid to understanding, but Magna is incapable of understanding anything he hasn’t asserted himself. Much as I generally respect autodidacts, in Magna’s case it would appear that Reader’s Digest has a lot to answer for.

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FFS why do we have these show off egoist clergy foisted upon us ? At a more local level so often the Sunday Mass is an arena for most priests to make it all about themselves. Look at me ! Even the Traddies enjoy all the bowing and scraping that they put forward as liturgy and jealously dying how much lace the other guy has.

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He does the same moves over and over and out of step with his dance partner. It’s like when your drunk uncle, whose normally shy and retiring, gets up at your cousins wedding and takes to the floor. All the guests think it’s great craic.

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I imagine Fr Sugar-Ray will eventually put all his dance routines up on Youtube and get millions of hits and trouser more money (on average) $9.90 per 1,000 views. What a scallywag he is.

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1.56
So THAT’S how it works. YouTube pays a video poster about 9 quid for every 1000 …subscribers or views? 😕
Wy does YT pay these people anything at all?

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They bring in viewers, who see adverts and the advertisers provide YouTube’s income, you thick twat, Magna.

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11.49: Pat is on a spectrum – the extreme spectrum of hatred, vengeance and vindictiveness. He is dysfunctional. Loves to mock, ridicule and smash people to pieces. A vicious bishop with little of God in him. A charlatan. A fraud.

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10.22: An ignorant question. Insulting and outrageous. Pat, if this is your Lenten offering may I suggest you think seriously about some comments today. They are unacceptable. I’m sure you wouldn’t be happy if someone asked the same of you. What if he is Downs Syndrome? Does that mean something sinister? This comment is cheap and crass.

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It’s simply a innocent question and not a accusation. No threat is implied or intended. Too many people easily take offence these days.

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11.25: Another ignorant comment from a minus 0-IQ……You really are thick. Hope you’re not married or a parent with that stupidity and low level of empathy or understanding.

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Bp Pat, it seems a bit extreme to compare Fr Sugar-Ray with reprobates like Casey, Cleary, and Walsh. He’s nothing like the vile old queen KOB either.

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11.26
As the bishop said to the actress. Wink wink. 😉 Nudge, nudge. 😎 How’s yer father? 😕 Say no more. 😁 Know what I mean? 😞 Like 😆

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Ah no it’s 21st century alright, the lads did it in private Ray is doing it on TV! Will the curse of strictly strike dancing with the stars?

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Pope Francis has coronavirus. The Vatican will not admit it. The third day of engagements cancelled yet again today and the world media reporting he’s now confined within the Vatican walls. Not many get inside those walls. As the old saying goes the Pope is only officially unwell unless he’s dead.

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“Confined within the Vatican walls”. Where you not confined within its walls Pat a few years ago. I remember reading about it in the New York Times. I can’t remember the last person to be arrested at the orders of the Holy Father.

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I was “detained” by the Vatican Police for questioning last March. They told me someone important saw me and did not like me being there???

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2.24
Ha ha 😅
Don-cha just love the servant titles these clerics, in obedience to Christ, give themselves?
Holy Father
His Beatitude
His Excellency
Yup! Deep and exemplary humility on display with these quacks.
(Ack! A can’t help noticin’ these things, like. 😆)

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Shite. He postponed engagements for a third day. That printed nonsense was his proposed engagements not his ACTUAL REALITY engagements. Read the international press today not some pre planned agenda days ago.

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At 3:49
Your English leaves much to be desired.
Your Italian is poorer.
“Il Santo Padre Francesco ha ricevuto questa mattina in Udienza:”
Past tense.
The Holy Father, Francis HAS RECEIVED in audience, this morning.
Fait accomplit!
QED

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You’re the fake news merchant. I heard on the LBC news that all of today’s papal engagements have been cancelled.

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4.07
It just might, if I wore one.
Yours looks settled enough.
Gorilla glue is quare stuff, isn’t it? 😉

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The Cathbots are trying to distract from the two essential points here.
1. Is this suitable behaviour for a Catholic priest? I personally don’t think so.
2. There is a long line of ‘celebrity’ clerics who have come a cropper. Whether this is because a certain personality type is drawn to showbiz or whether clerics find they can less well cope with the pressure of celebrity is not something I feel I can answer.
That said to put yourself forward as a priest would automatically draw attention to you so I think we should be wary of the motives for wanting to be the centre of attention on a Sunday, and there are many priests who come across like this.

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No circus is truly a circus unless it has a clown. RTE are cleverly using the X Factor tactics of having a comedy/novel act. What’s sad and painful is the comedy act doesn’t recognise it for what it is.

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Speaking of show men, Eugene O’Neill, he of the fake accent,in St Patrick’s is known by his parishioners as an actor with the altar his stage. Even his colleagues laugh at his antics and they are in no position to laugh at anyone.Don’t ya just love these balloons. What is it about these priests. Having been worshipped by people in the past, that is now gone. Are they changing tactics to try and make themselves relevant or are they just seeking popularity to try and climb the firms ladder? Scooters up the middle of the aisle, dancing, singing priests. What next? Magic tricks or page 3 topless pictures? On second thoughts forget about that last one. Don’t want to be putting thoughts into their heads!

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A priest in Galway posed in the nip about twenty years ago. It made the news all over the world. He did, however, have a bible covering the ‘essentials’.

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Isn’t very interesting how the same commentators, few in number, led by Magna, come out splurging hate speech against clergy. Of course All this is encouraged and facilitated by the master hater of Catholic Priests, Pat. There is nothing commendable in this viciousness.

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Pat will you be going down to Brian’s old stomping ground at the Graan next week. The Novena is on, consult Graan dot com or whatever it is. Fr Charlie is now filling Brian’s boots and you know what everybody loves Charlie. Not sure if he’s an Ulster man but he brings in the crowds (Even by daily bus) for the Novena. They said when D’arcy left the novena then the Novena would go with him – how wrong tbey were. Would you be popping down Pat? You are probably not familiar with that part of the world being in Larne.

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Talking of clergy showmen. What about the pantomime dame in Armagh diocese who loved to tread the boards in Maynooth. She’s still doing it by all accounts assisted by her boyfriend. A weekly show by all accounts, a double act. Ant and Dec eat your heart out. A right (little) missy.

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Sugar Ray would have probably more comfortable with a male professional dancer as his partner, Bp Pat, so he could follow rather than lead. No one would have batted an eyelid.

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Speaking again of clerical showmen and humility, what’s going on with all that clobber ‘Father’ Feargal McGrady swans about in on certain occasions? Far be it from me to be rude, but he looks a pantomime dame.

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Pat you need to investigate Allen Hall asap, a major scandal about to blow there. Would you consider an investigation there after your success with Maynooth. Elsie is trying with difficulty to keep a lid on it.

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One former AH seminarian now ordained, told me he was given an std by a staff member

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Was it crabs ? Nasty ! I wouldn’t be surprised. All that queeney pube trimming doesn’t prevent them, you know, if you start to put your pecker in to grimy crevices. And, if you take yourself off to the gents, or the sauna, or the dark lay-bys, you haven’t got a clue who has got what ! I’m not surprised at all about the boys at AH. Dirty lot, really.

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Of course, darling ! They are all over the place in Westminster. In Westminster your priest will be either an effete ex-Anglican, or a bombastic, barely understandable African who thinks women should be pounding the yams and gays should be necklaced (no, not with pearls but with old tyres) and burned, and is likely to sell the title deeds of the church properties from underneath you. Or a Filipino, or a Goan / South Indian who will lecture you from the pulpit and wag his finger. Not that you will be able to understand him. The Poles keep to themselves and look after their own. The old boys are dying out. Any English cradle Catholic priests are just odd. So, which do you prefer? Give me the gin and lace and arsenic old ex-Anglican queens anytime. At least they have a nice turn of phrase. And, f**k, can they be bitchy and nasty about +Vinny ! The knives are out there.

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We have been promised this major scandal for months now, but nothing ever transpires. If you know something, say it or shut up. Wonersh also turned out to be a damp squid despite all the wind up. As for Oscott, if poor harmless Vera from up North is into collecting tea cups, what the hell?

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Thanks Mags @4.11pm. I thought there was a connection but wasn’t sure. Thanks for the clarification, I stand corrected. Eddie liked to stay in very top London Hotels as MP, Horeseguards was a favourite and Fck the taxpayer. I think there was a news story associated with his extravaganza. Baroness Ritchie seems to be following in his footsteps. Good old SDLP the party of the poor

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I googled Mc Grady. He opted for opulent luxury according to the Telegraph when staying in London as MP. The SDLP are a total sham when trying to talk about the Poor. Seamus Mallon wasn’t a virtue of charity either

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I just googled that. What a chancer. I never realised that about Mc Grady. The SDLP are charlatans .

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I saw Margaret Ritchie in Aldergrove airport business lounge before her Aer Lingus flight as an MP and she was guzzling down the white wine. What she doing now as a Lord

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5.00pm: I saw Santa Claus and his missus at Aldergrove!! Imagine. You’re a fool.

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6.03: Are you talking about Pat The Bishop? Thought so! He knows much about strange places….but that’s his business.

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6.22: It is interesting that Pat seems to know all the quare places of encounter. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of strange goings on. I sometimes wonder how….and why the obsession with fantasies.

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Magna. Speaking of titles. I remember Paddy Walsh whacking a lad because he referred to him as Father instead of Canon!! Buck eejits they are with their titles. I have a theory that they really are aliens from a different planet

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In my fathers time before the the time that is now I remember children being asked to do a days timetable in the working life of a priest Well ….hi. Anyway Pat could ask people to suggest a priests daily timetable without taking the p. Then could we get a profile. See if it resembles Fr Frank Stein or someone else hi

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Pat you’ve a lot of comments today. It must be the storm keeping all the keyboard warriors inside. Any hope of an auld song from one of the priests to keep us entertained in the peanut gallery? There was always lots of showmen in D&C and Elvis left the building and went to join the UK. They all aspire to be prominent but the best looking and most unassuming – Fr D Mc – is away for further study. I hope it doesn’t take too long. He’d encourage you to go to mass if only for the eye candy. The others are all has-beens and gone wrinkly with spite and gone old ungraciously. It’s time for them to push over and make way for the new blood.

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So What if Fr. Ray Kelly is appearing on the show. To me it shows that he is first a man and showing that priests are normal with many doing the same things that many other people do. He could be doing a lot worse things than appearing on a TV Show.

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11.05: Maggie, thank God Magna you never were ordained. Seems to me had you got through, you’d have been turned out quickly on the grounds of madness and dangerous, crazy behaviour. You are just a nasty piece of utter childish foolishness. Clever – maybe – but irrelevant in the scheme of things, except in your own tiny world.

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11:41
You are mistaken if you take the outpourings of MC for cleverness.
Einstein remarked that imagination is the surest indicator of intelligence, over and against recall.
Bluff, bluster, drivenness, vulgarity and an inability to evaluate what he finds in Wikipedia are not clever.

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Magna wears his learning lightly. Let’s be charitable and put it down to characteristic self-restraint.

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4.40: Don’t believe You!! How did you pick up yours? Just askin…on this wild, windy night. You can so easily judge others and make all kinds of insinuations but you forget about your own imperfections, flaws and spiritual deficiencies. Pat, do you ever reflect on yourself seriously or do you feel good only when you measure yourself against the perceived flaws of lesser people?

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